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Old 08-11-2009, 10:47 PM   #171
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The light I will buy:

Current USA Nova Extreme Pro T5 Aquarium Lighting Fixture, 6X39 Watt, 36 inch

Tested again tonight...here are my results (with the kits I currently have):

Ammonia: 1
Nitrites: 0.5
pH 7.8
Phosphates: 0.5
Calcium: 520

I predict the calcium will go down once I have corals. Not worried about it...phosphates is probably higher because of cycling (I assume).
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:51 PM   #172
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If I remember correctly, you are cycling with shrimp which is my guess of where the phophates are coming from. Very good light that one is IMO.
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:53 PM   #173
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oh yeah. i love Current products lol.
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:08 PM   #174
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Got my order from Aquacave.com today.

So I have a Reef Octopus BH100F skimmer (still in box), and Nitrate, KH/alk, and Magnesium test kits by Salifert.

Did some testing again tonight:

Ammonia: 0.25ppm (checked it twice to make sure)
Nitrite: 1ppm
pH: 7.8
Nitrates: 10ppm
Magnesium: 1470
KH/Alk: 14.4dkh higher than I expected
Calcium: 520

Didn't check phosphates again, as the number would be irrelevant while cycling and I wasn't curious about it.

I'll open up the skimmer tomorrow and get some pics of it. And add an updated tank shot (still looks the same though).

Could my ammonia already be going down? It only peaked to 1ppm. I have cycled fw tanks before, but with plants, so it wasn't a typical cycle. Just making sure I can believe what I see. I know the cycle isn't over...just happy ammonia is falling.

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Old 08-13-2009, 10:57 PM   #175
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the levels dont go up and down, they fluctuate in very small degrees. so thats why the ammonia is going up and down slightly.
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Old 08-13-2009, 11:51 PM   #176
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Well usually during cycling they peak and then fall. That's what mine is doing, but I figured it was a little soon for the fall. I guess I'll see after testing the next couple days, what the levels actually do.
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Old 08-15-2009, 05:14 PM   #177
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My ammonia and nitrite tested 0 last night and the other night I had 10 nitrates. I will check them again today at some point. As long as the ammonia and nitrites stay 0 and my nitrates rise, I can say I'm cycled!!

If it is truly cycled, I will go to the lfs this week and see if they have any of the fish I want. Then I'll add something to the tank!

I'm going to order my light fixture sometime today, so if it comes in this week, maybe I can pick up a couple frags as well.
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id wait at least a week after the cycle has finished until you get any corals
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Old 08-15-2009, 05:22 PM   #179
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What's the reasoning for that? I'll do a water change before I add anything to lower the nitrates and phosphates (hopefully wiping them out).

If I have to wait, I will. Just wondering why I need to wait.
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Old 08-15-2009, 05:24 PM   #180
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well its just me, but wouldnt you rather be safe than sorry? at least wait a little while because corals are very sensitive. like at a minimum, id wait at least 3 days after you are SURE that the tank has cycled.
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